Nonlethal Weapons: War Without Death

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - History - 142 pages
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Presenting alternative methods of conflict resolution, this examination of the philosophy of peace presents nonlethal weaponry as a solution to the destructiveness of war. Conventional lethal weapons and weapons of mass destruction evolved into an unprecedented 900 billion dollar a year defense industry. This industry and its war makers have taken the lives of an estimated 170 million human beings in this century. A new approach appropriate to the new world order must be found. This study provides a historical analysis of weapons and forces in this century and traces the development of nonlethal technologies and weapons. It is the first work to present nonlethal weaponry in the framework of recognizable scenarios based on current world events that show the applicability of current available nonlethal weapons and technology to serve as a force to be reckoned with in a highly politicized world. Morehouse argues that nonlethal weapons and technology could and should become forces for peace in the 21st century.


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Page 7 - Thus, those skilled in war subdue the enemy's army without battle. They capture his cities without assaulting them and overthrow his state without protracted operations.
Page 14 - ... his prospective gain. Defense means reducing our own prospective costs and risks in the event that deterrence fails. Deterrence works on the enemy's intentions; the deterrent value of military forces is their effect in reducing the likelihood of enemy military moves. Defense reduces the enemy's capability to damage or deprive us...
Page 14 - Essentially, deterrence means discouraging the enemy from taking military action by posing for him a prospect of cost and risk outweighing his prospective gain.
Page 10 - We maintain, on the contrary, that war is simply a continuation of political intercourse, with the addition of other means.

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DAVID A. MOREHOUSE is a third generation officer who attained the rank of Major in the U.S. Army before resigning in 1994. He holds a master's degree in Military Art and Science from the Army's Command and General Staff College, and a doctorate in Education from LaSalle University. He writes and lectures on global peace, and is the author of Psychic Warrior (1996).

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